Such was a pretty Lady to end the week with…
I spotted the two of them, flying low over the sand as I photographed ducks in the channel at Ridgevale Beach.
Yet I noticed yellow feather patches on the head of one in particular that I’d never seen on a sparrow before.
Which made me want to get a closer look.
Males like this one are sandy brown above and white below, with a black mask and chest band, yellow patches on the head, and often tiny black feathers that look like “horns” (missing on this individual) on the top of the head which gives them their name.
What a glorious surprise awaited as I headed back through town last evening.
Coming back by the harbor, I turned the corner by the Congo church and there he was!
A gorgeous Red-tailed, perched high up on the church steeple.
Yet it was the glow of the setting sun on its feathers this time around that literally took my breath away.
This glorious raptor had given me the sunset thrill of a lifetime, and all I could do all the way back to the car was smile.
And to think I had almost turned the key and headed for home.
Nothing much was happening at the harbor; I’d arrived late, long after most of the ducks had moved on up the channel at the harbor.
When all of a sudden, in flew three ducks who landed skerPLASH on the water in front of me.
A pair of Mallards… and a third duck I’d never seen before.
He had a beautiful chocolate head, white and brown mottled feathers, white chest with a sliver of white going up the neck – and a bluish bill that glowed in the glare of morning light.
I found out later, it was a Northern Pintail drake, another “new life bird”! Woo HOO! 😉 ❤